Chauncy Devega Deep Dive Interview

‘Alarm Sirens Are Blaring’: Expert on Potential ‘Extreme’ Political Violence After Election

Trump has repeatedly used stochastic terrorism to encourage violence against those he deems the “enemy.” Some have enthusiastically followed these commands.
Trump supporter Terry Frandle checks his mailbox in his front yard decorated for Halloween and a Trump reelection campaign in Saint Clair Shores, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Chauncey DeVega / Reposted with permission from Salon

Beginning with Trump’s 2016 campaign and through to his presidency, the United States has experienced a large increase in hate crimes and other violence against nonwhite people, Jews, Muslims and others by Trump supporters and those who share their beliefs.

There have been repeated examples of Trump supporters threatening to kill prominent Democrats, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and others.

A group of alleged right-wing terrorists, inspired by Trump, was recently arrested by the FBI for plotting to kidnap (and perhaps murder) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat. This terrorist cell also planned to attack “tyrants” in other states.

Trump supporters surround a Biden bus in Texas days before the election, leading to car accidents and cancelled events.

 The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have warned that white supremacist terrorism — as well as violence by the far right more generally — poses a great threat to the country’s domestic security. Trump and his inner circle have ignored these warnings and suppressed the information, because the Trump regime does not want to alienate its most enthusiastic supporters.

Trump’s rallies have always been a festering cauldron of fascism, cult behavior, violence and white supremacist ideology. As Election Day approaches and it appears increasingly likely that Trump will be defeated if the votes of the American people are actually countedTrump comes ever closer to overtly embracing fascist violence.

With Election Day almost upon us, Trump has escalated his appeals to political violence. During the first debate with Joe Biden Trump told the Proud Boys, a right-wing group of political street thugs, to “stand by” in case he was not re-elected. The Trump regime is also trying to create an “army” of 50,000 “poll watchers” whose purpose will be to intimidate and threaten Democratic voters, especially Black and brown people.

At Trump’s rallies, the United States flag has almost officially replaced by the fascist, racist, authoritarian “Blue Lives Matter” flag. This is another encouragement of state-sponsored violence by Donald Trump against his movement’s perceived enemies — meaning nonwhite people, Black Lives Matter activists, liberals and progressives, and anyone else deemed to be “justifiable” targets.

Writing at the Milwaukee Independent, Mаurіcе Chаmmаh and Cаry Аspіnwаll explore this:

What originally began as a banner supporting law enforcement in recent years been increasingly hijacked by White Supremacist groups who use it as a Neo-Confederate flag and symbol of the anti-Black Lives Matter movement. Since the death of George Floyd it has been flown alongside the American flag at Trump rallies.

At his “superspreader” event in Waukesha [Wisconsin] on October 24, Trump’s campaign took the unprecedented step of replacing the patriotic red, white, and blue of the “Stars and Stripes.” Instead, the cold black, white, and blue was displayed as the dominant background for Trump at the event, in what critics call a visual dog whistle.

Those who fly the flag have said it stands for solidarity and professional pride within a dangerous, difficult profession and a solemn tribute to fallen police officers. But it has also been flown by white supremacists, appearing next to Confederate flags at the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville.

Philosopher Jason Stanley described this on Twitter as the “replacement of the American flag by a fascist one. Whether Trump manages to stay in office or not, the second Confederacy now has a banner.”

In total, Trump is a racial authoritarian who views the country’s multiracial democracy as something to be destroyed as a means to create a new American apartheid state, which will keep him in power indefinitely.

Members of the Genesee County Volunteer Militia at the gun range (GCVM Facebook)

Public opinion polls and other research show deep apprehension about the possibility of political violence on Election Day and beyond, up to and including the possibility of a new civil war led by Trump’s supporters and other right-wing extremists.

These anxieties and fears are not misplaced: Experts on political violence have concluded that the United States in the Age of Trump is on the precipice of large-scale political violence.

What are the scenarios for political violence and social upheaval on Election Day? What are the likely tactics and strategies that right-wing extremists, paramilitaries and other groups may use to disrupt the Election Day and American society more broadly? How are “accelerationists” as well as the “Boogaloo boys” taking advantage of political and social tumult in the Age of Trump? Does the United States face an armed insurgency if political polarization and extremism continue to escalate?

In an effort to answer these questions I recently spoke with David Kilcullen. He is one of the world’s leading experts on counterinsurgency and military strategy. Kilcullen is also a professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he teaches in the Global Security program.

Kilcullen is also founding chairman of Caerus Associates, a strategy and design consulting firm. He served as an officer in the Australian Army and then as a counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of several books, including “The Accidental Guerrilla,” “Counterinsurgency,” “Out of the Mountains,” and “Blood Year.” Kilcullen’s new book is “The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.”

You can also listen to my conversation with David Kilcullen on my podcast “The Truth Report” or through the player embedded below.

This conversation had been edited for clarity and length.

Chauncey Devega: How are you feeling amid this election campaign?

David Kilcullen: I’m in a pretty negative place. I feel this way primarily because if the United States wants to avoid where it looks like it is all heading toward, with political violence, there needs to be reconciliation and listening and compromise. As I see it the problem is that the media environment is so polarized — which includes social media — that the situation is like a non-overlapping Venn diagram. People on the right are looking at a completely different reality than the people who are on the left. There is very little overlap, to the point where basic facts are not in agreement. The right wing and the left wing in America disagree on the nature of reality. An echo chamber has replaced consensus knowledge of the world.

You are an expert on guerrilla warfare, insurgency and military strategy and tactics more generally. When you look at political violence in the Age of Trump and the 2020 election, what do you see and understand that the mainstream media and the other non-experts do not?

I have been doing this type of work for several decades. Consider antifa, for example. There is an argument at present where the right wing from the attorney general on down are talking about antifa as a domestic terrorist organization, or at the very least as a nationwide extremist movement. That is a significant exaggeration. But there are also people on the other end of the political spectrum who say that antifa is a myth. Antifa is a real organization, but it is organized in a way that many among the general public may not be familiar with. Antifa is what I would label as “militant street activists.” The right wing is trying to paint antifa as being the equivalent of [right-wing groups] The Base or Atomwaffen or another terrorist group.

The equivalence is not accurate. The equivalent on the right are the Proud Boys or Patriot Prayer, who are also militant street activists. “Militant” does not necessarily mean armed with rifles. It just means that they are out there on the street. They are motivated and mobilized and willing to engage in violence. Overall a small part of the population that is involved in street activism are willing to engage in violence by throwing concrete milkshakes or using pepper spray or something like that. A willingness to engage in that activity does not make them militias or terrorists.

Many of the right-wing militias have only five or 10 members. They are very small, and they are also very defensive-minded. Likewise, on the left much has been made of Redneck Revolt and the John Brown gun clubs. They too are defensive and are trying to protect people on the streets from the possibility of violence.

Now, that does not mean they’re not violent. Analysts often look for hate as the key driver of violence. But the research on civil war and our experiences with counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare generally shows that most of the worst atrocities are not driven by hate. They are instead driven by fear. Obviously, that fear can be a much bigger problem when there is a spark that triggers violence.

And then there are the insurgents. They are at the top of the threat pyramid. We have not really seen any of that type of action in the United States. That is why the country at present is in a “pre-insurgency” or “incipient” state of insurgency.

How do accelerationist groups and the Boogaloo Boys fit into your model?

Consider Atomwaffen or The Base. Accelerationist groups fit into that category of insurgents. What we are discussing here is an urban insurgency or urban guerrilla operations. They consist of three- to four-person cells that operate on the ground. They attack by using means such as bombings or mass shootings. Perhaps targeting the water supply for example. These types of operations also make use of a network of safe houses. At this moment in the United States I see such groups waiting. We have not seen such groups do very much. There have been a few incidents but nothing on a wide scale.

The scariest thing about the present moment is that the really violent groups have not really taken part yet in the protests and other activities. If there is a repeat of such events like the George Floyd protests after Election Day, that creates a perfect storm for someone to then step into the middle of the situation with a couple of shooters or an actual IED instead of fireworks. At that point the situation changes to an incipient civil war rather than just an insurgency.

“Boogaloo” is a phrase used as a way of avoiding getting banned on Twitter. It is a type of code that has been misinterpreted for a good amount of time. There is not a Boogaloo Boys “movement.” They do not think of themselves that way. “Boogaloo” is the name of an event, that event being the next civil war. It is not something that they want — it is actually something they think is inevitable. In the spaces online where they talk, there is a debate of sorts going on about, “Should we just sit this one out or should we actually take a hand?” If they wanted a civil war, they would be pushing it.

The accelerationists are the ones who want to see a war in America. They do not use the term “boogaloo.” They are coming from a different ideological place. They are very anti-Semitic and “anti-globalist.”

If you were to go to some of the right-wing sites, you would see how many of the people there laugh at how badly the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and similar mainstream media publications misinterpret what is really happening. These accelerationists and other such groups are dangerous — but dangerous in a way that is not commonly understood. They are dangerous because if they continue to see antifa as domestic terrorists — and somehow, in their minds, connected to Black Lives Matter and Black people — then we are heading into a “race war.”

How do these right-wing and other extremist groups radicalize and recruit new members?

People that are higher up that pyramid go looking for recruits lower down. Groups actually go out and talent-spot at protests, to see if they can find somebody particularly militant and also particularly willing to engage in violence. That person might then get approached or otherwise recruited to join a more organized group. That radicalization and recruitment process is how it works on the right.

For the left it is a little bit different, because antifa in particular organizes through affinity groups. Essentially it is like a conveyor belt, where people move up the chain from just being a street protester to a very small subset of them becoming more militant. Then some people will get recruited to carry weapons and be “security forces.” People are very carefully groomed into such behavior such that they do not see the ultimate destination until they are almost there.

In terms of context, if one looks at the level of violence so far in 2020 and the last three or four years in the U.S., it is well below the levels of political violence that we saw in the 1970s. But the difference between now and the 1960s or 1970s is that every single incident gets amplified and broadcast and rebroadcast and turned into a meme and a T-shirt, and there is also a type of martyrdom function at work as well.

Kyle Rittenhouse has become a martyr on the right. They call him the “Kenosha Kid.” There are all these video tributes and memes about him. Michael Reinoehl, who was killed by law enforcement agents [in Washington state] is now essentially viewed as a type of martyr by the left. Aaron Danielson, a supporter of Patriot Prayer [killed by Reinoehl in Portland], is now being portrayed by the right as a martyr who was killed by some antifa/Black Lives Matter assassination squad. Of course, there is little if any evidence to support such a claim. Moreover, the argument that Danielson was a completely innocent person who just happened to be wandering around a protest in Portland also falls apart under scrutiny.

I felt like what happened with Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha was akin to crossing the Rubicon. Having lethal violence involving Garrett Foster, Kyle Rittenhouse, Jay Danielson and Michael Reinoehl all in the short period of a few weeks helped to normalize political killing using military-grade weaponry out in the streets. Once that starts, it is very hard to stop it.

What do think is the worst-case scenario for Election Day and immediately afterward, in terms of political violence and other disruptions?

Logically, there are only three outcomes that can happen: A clear Biden victory, a clear Trump victory, or a contested outcome. I believe the third outcome is the most likely one, where both Biden and Trump claim victory, the public does not know the outcome, or it is just unclear on Election Day. There will certainly be enough motivation and justification for people who want to promote violence to claim that the 2020 presidential election has been stolen or rigged. There could be a disputed election which takes weeks to try to resolve. Then people are torching schools or surrounding courthouses as a way of exercising some type of heckler’s veto over the outcome. Such events could become a repeat of what happened in the aftermath of George Floyd.

The worst scenario at that point is that the cell-based accelerationist groups decide that now is the moment to provoke a bigger conflict. If you are the Russians, the Chinese or the Iranians, three countries that are known to have a strong interest in keeping the United States disrupted and facing inward for as long as possible, the temptation would be almost overwhelming to engage in some kind of externally sponsored accelerationism.

The extreme worst-case scenario on Election Day and afterwards is a disputed outcome where Biden and Trump both claim to be president of the United States. There is a breakdown in the Electoral College, mass rioting in the streets and somewhere it suddenly becomes even more violent where 25 people are killed in one incident, or an IED is exploded, or it is not cars ramming a crowd but a mass shooting instead.

At that point it is the beginning of a second civil war here in America. It will not involve states seceding but something like Colombia, where there is low-grade violence in multiple places simultaneously — but it adds up to a lot of people killed.

Chauncey DeVega
Chauncey DeVega

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon. His essays can also be found at Chaunceydevega.com. He also hosts two weekly podcasts, The Chauncey DeVega Show and The Truth Report. Chauncey can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.


7 comments

  1. Holy Sh*t that extreme worst-case scenario actually seems almost likely at this point. Like there is no scenario in which Trump will accept losing, so if Biden’s supporters feel like they are cheated by partisan judges, rioting will ensue, as will it if Biden doesn’t accept a loss, isn’t it a Catch-22 now?

  2. salon is more right wing than Mussolini. it is the children w no manners–BLM, antifa, that are looting and vandalizing. more MSM right wing ruling class propaganda

  3. Chauncey DeVega shows us the face of America. Faces are so fascinating. So much to see, yet such a mystery in each one.

    If Humankind somehow manages to get by its current existential crisis, (stay tuned, we could find out at any time, if the outcome is negative), Mr. DeVega face will be recognizable as American, throughout the world.

    People inn the North grow pale, because they no longer have to fight the sun’s deadly radiation. Instead they grow strong, and fierce, as they fight the absence of the sun’s warmth. The human will has proven indomitable. Where life is harshest, people become strongest.

    In the South, where the sun engenders life intensely, where mere forest, mysterious enough to bring fear to all men’s hearts, become jungles, prowled by beasts made more fearsome for claw and fang being so well hidden in the jungle’s super-abundance.

    In the North people see danger coming from afar. They think. They plan their security. In the South, they must use other senses. They hear it. They ‘sense’ it somehow. They hear it, best they can, because the very sound in the air changes when danger passes. Silence can crackle loud as distant lightning.

    And people in the South are quick and fast, to better respond when danger comes upon them without being sensed.

    The Story of Humankind is a fascinating one. It is full of tragedy and loss. More humans have lived in woe and misery than in any other state of being.

    Life is harsh. Existence is constantly dangerous. Nature, ruled over by God or Fortune, (take your pick), is hard and sharp as the honed edge of tons of fine blade steel, swinging at the most powerful point of its arc. Death can be sudden. And cruel beyond imagining. But we have no choice. We are living creatures, and every such creature is mortal.

    Life is Desire. We can build machines that can think much better than we can, but we’ve not yet learned how to create ‘life’, have we? We can’t yet make a machine WANT to think, can we?

    ‘Vega’ is a very old name. The Plainsmen. They learned to ride. Further east, they rode “the Steppes”, but in Spain, with the dark Moorish Carthaginians on one side, and the Romans on the other, if you were “de vega”, you could ride like a horse was a part of your own body. On the Plains, the humans who learned to ride best are the ones who survived.

    Look at this man, Chauncey DeVega’s face, and see the face of America. If Humanity survives, pretty girls’ smile will win enough hearts, and the blood will mix. A tawny complexion. The Asian in the eyes. DeVega? Quien sabe? Coulda’ been a cruel black pirate, plying Africa’s Horn, who kept a Chinese girl as a sex slave. Such are the stories and places and peoples and times from whence our genes have tumbled.

    No one who has read this story, this long tragic cruel Saga, no one who has read Humanity’s Story, and understood anything about it, could have written this article.

    Mr. DeVega is a proud spirit, indeed. I come from a folk, (on my father’s side), who claimed The Plains as their home. They rode like the very wind. Their horses were courageous beyond endurance. The beasts loved these Riders more than life itself.

    The Rus were a fierce tribe. People further North would take their name, as if the name could confer those people’s courage. Taras Bulba could ride. The Cossack, (co-SOCK), could ride. The Csars were clever, but pretentious. They took Caesars name for their own. They took the Rus name for their nation, Russia, and called common cavalry “Cossack”.

    Every tribe’s men think that they are stronger and fiercer warriors. Every wise leader knows it is not true. Genghis Kahn’s hordes rode well. Look at Putin’s face. You can see the ‘Gol gene there. He feels his Slavic brotherhood with the other Slavic tribes. In Ukraine, it is easy to see the great Kahn’s legacy, in the Asian mystery in so many Ukrainian girls’ eyes.

    Dersu Uzala was my Dji-Dji. (That’s abuelo/grandpa in Ukrainian). Kurosawa, wise man who tried to share what he ‘saw’, made a movie about my Dji-Dji.

    Every one of us has the endless eternity of all Humanity within us.

    Every one.

    The pot and the kettle, got into a nettle, and called each other “black”. Each could see the other, but neither one could bother, to see their own self lack.

    It’s a shame to see that such a proud and brave young spirit is too proud to ‘see’ that his pride itself makes him a VERY large part of the problem, and NOT, (at least not yet), ANY part of the solution.

    Yea … sure enough. Them’s some purty tough old boys. Were talkin’ men who makes a good living doing things that requires hands that have been calloused to leather, from doing things all days that hurt more tender human skin. yep … Them ole boys can shoot straight too. Word has it that a lot of them are trained warriors. Ex-rangers, etc. Real life ‘rambos’.

    Yea … Good Call Colonel DeVega … You’ve assessed the enemy forces, and have found them formidable? And? …

    Ahh … I see … Well … Okey doke, then … carry on …

    Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, (the self-same Colonel Wilkerson who worked heart and soul to help Colin Powell ‘sell’ us the Middle East Quagmire), has been hired by the Democratic Part Machine, (the DPM), to ride herd on their TIP preparations to seize power, through the Mass Media alone if possible, and using the US Military if necessary.

    Colonel Wilkerson has made multiple public statements, as the head of this TIP outfit, whose clear intent is to 1) arouse fear in people’s hearts, make them fear “Trumps forces”, the actual term the Colonel uses, while citing those forces’ possession of as many as 280 million guns. The good Herr Colonel has openly stated that should “Trump’s forces” taker tyo the street, exercising their right to bear arms against Tyranny, the Democratic Party Machine will use the US Military against US citizens on US soil.

    So don’t worry dear Mr. DeVega. Colonel Wilkerson, still the dashing cavalry officer (riding a chopper) he was in Viet Nam, has promised you a bloodbath, should your fellow citizens rise in just outrage against such obvious Tyranny.

    Isn’t the DPM’s publicly stated promise to use the US Military to gun down the US Common People, should their just outrage compel them, proof enough of the just nature of their fears?

    With this bloody DPM butcher, ole Blood N’ Guts Colonel Larry Boy, (commanding the DPM takeover plan regiment), at his back, promising a bloodbath to slake Mr. DeVega’s own obvious bloodlust, (only fools think they can fight hate with hate, and end up with anything besides more hate), young Mr. DeVega points at the black iron kettle, and claiming truth and righteousness itself, with no trace of anything that looks like ‘humility’ in his smarmy smirking smile.

    Yea … Y’all shoulda’ know’d ole Ray Richie. Ray was a speedy and powerful-shifty ‘back’, a stout ‘inside center’, who could handle the ball as a fierce angry wing forward closed fast. But Ray sure could make his ‘wahoo’ last. That ole boy liked to have some fun. he could eat a 2 lbs ofd meat, a loaf, and wash it down with a sudsy gallon, a roaring laugh, and an empty glass slammed down.

    Well … That boy went from that 185 lb fast shifty back, to pushing 400. He was the very son of Baccanale. But the boy could still play. He became a ‘prop’, and he was a stout one at that. Like an oak tree deep rooted, that man could stand his ground.

    First time we beat the Lions,, a tribe of Chicago thugs, (and on THEIR field, too ..heh..heh), on the very first scrum, as soon asa the ball was out, and the ref’s attention followed it. Ray let go of the hooker, and brought a right hand up from deep down, but in close. He knocked that big ole Chicago boy cold. Yea … They came bag angry, and played us a good enough game, but after that guy got up, we were always just a bit ‘on top’.

    Ray was just that sort. When he went out lookin’ to have some fun on a Friday nite, (even Wednesday most weeks), the evening wasn’t complete until Ray had bloodied some poor schmuck’s face. This guy came in to try to rob “Mike’s Tavern” once, (Ray’s headquarters over on Troost). Ray took a good lomg swig, calmly set his beer down on the bar walked up to the guy, grabbed his gun, hand and all, with his thumb holding the hammer, and punched the guy out cold. He burped, said “I wasn’t here”, and walked out.

    I know what ole Ray would say to Mr. DeVega, if the latter ever looked at him with that smarmy mama’s boy smirk. “You got the prettiest smile, cupcake”.

    Yea … sure ’nuff. Them ole boys kin be some tough ole roosters awright. Call in the cavalry. Call in Colonel Wilkerson’s New 7th. If any dare resist, the Iron Heel behind the DPM promises a bloodbath on Mr. DeVega’s behalf.

    C’mon, people … We KNOW how this tragic game ends. Can we not write a more creative ending for a change?

    Understand your enemy, and understand your SELF. So saith ole Sun Tzu. Does Mr DeVega have ANY understanding, at ALL, of his enemy? Does he know WHY they claim righteousness even more zealously that he does? Is he really so foolish as to, himself, embrace righteousness so blindly?

    Your side threatens your political opponents with a US Army bloodbath, andn yet you point at them and warn us about THEIR violence?

    Okey doke, then, cowboy. Lotsa men whose leather hands would scratch your cheek are looking a your smarmy smile. Someone haas surely told you, you look a bit like that cunning (he thought) Smollett lad.

    There they ARE! Get them! They’re violent monsters. KILL THEM! Kill them, Colonel Larry Boy, Kill them!, says the boy with a smirk only a lover or a mother would love.l

    As long as the US Army promises to slaughter them on his behalf, it’s fine with Mr. DeVega that they should do so?

    When both side claim to be righteous, the blood always flows much more freely.

  4. I think it’s time for the people to set the agenda. Let’s organize this process. First we note how the media decides what is news, what’s not. Second, we note how the people accept this, like accepting the bully kid stealing your ball. Third, we note how we react in a way that we clearly accept the theft of the ball as normal. Fourth, we note how this scheme streams out of Western civilization, quite the grand cathedral of authoritarianism in world history. Fifth, we note how none of this makes a lick of sense, in regard to humanity’s peak potenial for wellbeing. Now we’re on our way to nirvana… We harness our power of ethical/rational induction to create a scheme for all of us to participate in setting the agenda, deciding what is newsworthy. We lay out our vision for minimizing work/cost/harm in our strategies to meet all of our universal needs. What’s newsworthy? The obstacles and our work-arounds. The building of our shared worldview of total positivity. Just one element of that is our total faith in humanity. So complete, that turn the other cheek every time, proving our absolute faith in humanity. Nothing sets humanity on the high road like such faith. We illustrate that even Adolf Hitler thought he was serving life. Hilarious that we would put our lives at the mercy of Hitler by turning the cheek? Hilarious that we put our lives at risk every day in cars, 50,000 of us dying every year in them. Puts Hitler to shame. Think about it. I want to hear you think. I want to see you think. I want to feel the heat of the neurons firing. Trillions of neurons firing. Stop the coal fired boilers. Crank up the neurons. You think I’m kidding? Authoritarianism is gasping for its last breath. The desperation of authoritarianism is so clearly evident. Remember, in our alternative worldview, anarchia, there is no domination/submission, no reward/punishment, no duty/obligation, no labels/judgments, no fault/blame, no guilt/shame. Now that’s freedom of the rock-n-roll type. Let the free will shine on a blazing path. Use your imagination. Don’t comment with conventional wizdom. Give me some neural creativity from your induction/integration engine. You think I’m joking? Serious business, right here. C’mon and show me what you got.

    1. Well … I’m not sure I would have chosen the term “out of control”, but I know what you mean. At the very least they most certainly lack credible leadership. An enraged mob can ‘lead’ itself, I s’pose, but it will not likely lead itself wisely. Let’s always strive to remember that these people are religious zealots. They have every right to their beliefs. Let us regard them with our respect, as we hope to win them to ours.

      OTOH … There’s sure some dingbat cockamamie religions out there, ain’t there? Hey … when the flames flicker a voo-doo dance, and demons smile in the dark, many may look to Jovu for salvation.

      I’ve never heard a reasoned explanation of the Religion of Anarchy that made any dang sense t’ me, and every time these people do anything to put their lofty beliefs in motion, ‘on the ground’ (as they say), they end up snarling in violence that we saw in Seattle can even be deadly.

      Affairs of government and politics are matters of life and death. They are too crucial to subject to the vagaries of human religious beliefs. We must apply cold Reason to our deadly predicament, if we hope to survive.

      Only Self-Awareness can save us. There is only one tribe to choose. We all cherish children’s dream, and we are all mortal Humans, and our collective existence, as a species of animal, as Humanity itself, MUST be the tribe that commands our highest loyalty.

      We have reached the crucial cusp of Human History. If it is not good for all Humanity, then it is not good for ANY human.

      It was always inevitable that we would arrive at this moment. Kerouac picked this up from Thomas Wolfe. America has always been where Humanity would meet its fate. There was always a frontier. Stone age people against iron technology. Abundant land for whole could take it and defend it.

      Now every hill and valley suited for habitation is full, and we are building housing where floods and fires rage.

      There is no more frontier.

      This is where Humanity must turn and face itself.

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